“Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has one of the most recognizable names in America,” wrote an attorney at Warren & Kallianos earlier this week. “He is beloved across the country by NASCAR fans for his own talent and his impressive racing pedigree. Something he was not as well known for until recently, though, was head injuries.
“Earlier this year, Earnhardt was involved in two major accidents within a five-week time span. The first crash involved him hitting the wall at Kansas Speedway after a tire blowout. He struck the wall with an estimated 40Gs of force, and even though he was checked out by NASCAR physicians after the accident and continued to race for several weeks, he received a concussion. He chose not to report his symptoms to his pit crew or racing team, though.”
The law firm (www.warren-kallianos.com) went on to note that on October 7 he suffered another concussion, “after which he finally admitted there was something wrong. Earnhardt reported classic concussion symptoms like headaches, brain ‘fogginess,’ fatigue and trouble completing tasks. NASCAR made him sit out for a few weeks to be treated by a renowned neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Concussion program.
“One of the main reasons that Earnhardt failed to tell other people about his suspected concussion in the August wreck in Kansas is that he felt relatively healthy afterward. He noticed some confusion and a bit of the ‘fogginess’ typically associated with concussions, but he felt he could still go about his day-to-day life. It took another accident for him to finally admit to feeling ‘off’ enough to seek treatment.”
The personal injury firm used the Earnhardt example as a way to point out that there are millions of car accidents where victims “walk away from an accident with a bad headache and chalk it up to the stress and adrenaline of the collision, choosing not to seek treatment” because they “feel okay, just like Earnhardt did after his first crash earlier this year. That decision can be a very costly one.”
The firm added that “even low-impact crashes can cause traumatic brain injuries that could change your life forever,” and suggest that car accident victims “should always be seen by a medical professional following an accident.”
And then the kicker:
“Once you have gotten medical attention and can focus on your recovery, consider speaking with an experienced North Carolina car accident attorney who can give you more information about your legal rights and options you may have about holding the at-fault driver responsible for your injuries.”